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First Choice Southern BBQ

#127 of 1,893 Restaurants in Tampa
#133 of 2,087 Places to Eat in Tampa
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10113 Adamo Dr, Tampa, FL 33619-2656
(813) 621-7434
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Takeout

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  • 54
    Excellent
  • 11
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Busy place

Haven't been in several years because I no longer live in the area but can vouch that the food is great. Just don't look too closely at your surroundings because it might scare you away. But hey, some of the best food comes out of dive bars and restaurants.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2015
Demelza T
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Tampa, Florida
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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English first
Tampa, Florida
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40 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Haven't been in several years because I no longer live in the area but can vouch that the food is great. Just don't look too closely at your surroundings because it might scare you away. But hey, some of the best food comes out of dive bars and restaurants.

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Tampa, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Meal was moderately ok, lunch service was very poor, living fly mixed into the potato salad pretty much ended my experience with this place. Out of the way and no frills do not equal clean restaurant. At least provide a discount for live insects in the food.

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Dade City, Florida
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100 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

This place is a storefront near to the Home Depot in Brandon. You won't find it when driving by. This place is busy, apparently from word of mouth. Rightfully so. No frills BBQ dining. Get in line, place your order cafeteria style and get your food at the end. Limited indoor seating. Enjoy!

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Kannapolis, North Carolina
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51 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Tucked into an obscure corner behind the Adamo Home Depot, you could probably follow your nose to FirstChoice BBQ. The combination plate includes pork ribs, sausage, fries and baked beans. The food was just as I remember from 8 years ago. The sausage was smoky without being spicy, and the ribs were fall off the bone. The fries, made from... More 

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Brandon, Florida, United States
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Inside the restaurant, which is tucked away in the deepest corner of a strip mall, is a banner that proclaims that 1st Choice Southern BBQ is Brandon's very best BBQ restaurant in Brandon. That's not a critic's choice award but an award given as the result of diners. My wife and I stopped in after a long, hot day of... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

The barbeque is very good, but the options didn't have much of a variety. The fries were freshly cut potatoes, nothing already processed out of the freezer which I enjoyed greatly. The spicy barbeque sauce was amazing, (if you like spicy I definitely recommend this) but I would of liked to have my bun at least toasted, but even better... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

The process of getting the food is like going to Moes. The place smelled good and The decor was nice. They could be a little more friendly, but the workers just look tired and overworked. Food tasted great, good smoked flavor and sauces. The chicken and brisket was over done and dry, if cooked better it would of been a... More 

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Tampa, United States
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43 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

If you like real time old school Florida BBQ..this is your place. Tucked away in a small strip mall if you go there lunch time you will know the place as there will be a line out onto the sidewalk. Ordering is an experience in itself. You will be ordering over a glass wall yelling to the meat chopper guy... More 

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Tampa
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Ever wondered what a great corned beef Brisquit would taste like smoked. Go here and try it, best corned beef that you can find. The rest of the meat is wonderful also. Great food, so so side items.

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Bradenton, Florida
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23 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Fantastic food and restaurant. The food is consistantly excellent and great value overall. The staff keep things moving even during the busiest time periods.

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Additional Information about First Choice Southern BBQ

Address: 10113 Adamo Dr, Tampa, FL 33619-2656
Phone Number: (813) 621-7434
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
Open Hours:
Monday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 6
Cuisine: Barbecue

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 10113 Adamo Dr, Tampa, FL 33619-2656
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: (813) 621-7434

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6
  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?